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Tuesday, March 30 2021


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You, ladies and gentlemen, have your own responsibilities. We have ours.

That’s what Juan Antonio Samaranch—a top International Olympic Committee official—told activists who asked that Beijing be blocked from hosting the 2022 Winter Olympics. When they pointed to gross human rights violations against the Uighurs, IOC officials pointed instead to the 2008 Beijing Olympics—which apparently had led to better air quality and public transportation. Huh?

Big Story

Ever Given is finally ever free

The TLDR: The 220,000 ton monster ship was finally wrenched free and moved to a nearby lake—reopening the Suez Canal for business. But global commerce will continue to feel the fallout from the 6-day drama. We look at how the salvage crew managed this amazing feat, and at new questions about why it got stuck in the first place.

 

First, a quick recap

One of the world’s largest container ships managed to wedge itself diagonally in the Suez Canal—creating the biggest maritime traffic jam in history. Goods worth an estimated $9.6 billion were held up each day—causing a loss of $6.7 million every minute. 

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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • The Myanmar uprising: the latest update
  • An alien world inside Earth?
  • A wildlife tragedy in Gujarat
  • A streaming bonanza in 2021

 

Smart & Curious

  • Rohingya women who fled detention camps in Jammu
  • Risqué pleasures of 19th century Battala literature
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